Master of Public Health (MPH)


Hands-on Field Experience

The in-depth practicum ensures that you apply your public health skills through field work at a local, national, or international site like:

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We understand the can-do types.

You want to bring about change. Real change, significant change, change that transforms lives. We’ll help you to realize your vision. All of us at Boston University School of Public Health (SPH) share a commitment to public health as it affects people and societies, locally and globally. Our in-the-world approach translates into a revolutionary model of public health education that gives you the opportunity to investigate pressing public health challenges and develop productive solutions.

As a graduate of the 48 credit BU MPH, you will bring a well-rounded, evidence-based approach to addressing public health problems. You will be prepared to work in a wide array of settings and understand the interplay of the biological, social, economic, cultural, political, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect the health of populations. You will have the ability to critically analyze public health literature, create innovative solutions to problems in collaboration with others, evaluate program effectiveness, and present your views clearly to a range of audiences, both verbally and in writing.

Mobilize your career and your ability to drive change in the world by pairing your passion, experience, and education with the BU MPH.

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

  • apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
  • select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  • interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.

Public Health & Healthcare Systems

  • compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  • discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.

Planning & Management to Promote Health

  • assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  • apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  • design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • select methods to evaluate public health programs.

Policy in Public Health

  • discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  • propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
  • advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  • evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.


  • apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  • apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.


  • select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  • communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
  • describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.

Interprofessional Practice

  • perform effectively on interprofessional teams.

Systems Thinking

  • apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.